Help With My Study

Get support for study success.

Although we don’t provide programme specific assistance we can help you with:

  • Essay writing
  • Interpreting assignment questions
  • Referencing and how to acknowledge the use of other people’s ideas or intellectual property
  • Managing your time more effectively.

As well as giving one-to-one support, we also run class workshops and summer school workshops. Please contact your local student support advisor for further assistance.

Study skills guide

Download the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa study skills guide

Essay writing

The Writing Den

Guide to writing sentences, paragraphs and essays.

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

Simple steps in creating a basic essay.

University of Toronto Writing

Writing resources from the University of Toronto.

The Pudue Online Writing Lab

Writing resources from Purdue University.

The Writing Center

Writing resources from the University of North Carolina.

Yukon Online Writing Resources

Writing resources from the Yukon College.


American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing

Referencing refers to the way in which you acknowledge your sources of information for assignments. Even though there are many different referencing styles, here at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa we use APA format.

The APA Wizard

Formats your reference list for you.


A thesaurus provides a list of words with similar, related, or opposite meanings. Similar or related meanings are called “synonyms”, whilst opposite meanings are called “antonyms”. Why use a thesaurus?

When you write, it is not unusual to use certain words quite frequently. However, overuse of the same word or words can make your writing repetitive and uninteresting. As such, varying your word use when writing can keep the reader interested in what you are saying as well as having the added benefit of improving your vocabulary (word knowledge).

One way to vary your word use and increase your writing vocabulary is to use a thesaurus to gather a list of words that have the same meaning. Then, when you find that you have repeated certain words in your writing, you can choose another synonym to take the place of the original word you used. Please be aware that you should firstly understand the meaning of the words before you use them. This is to avoid selecting a word that does not fit the context of the sentence.

Because of this, we recommend that you use a dictionary in addition to a thesaurus so that you use only the most appropriate word or words. Remember, the links to these word-finding tools below will only help you find words; they will not necessarily tell you how or when to use these words. As such, you will need to learn what these words mean.

Merriam Webster

Yahoo Education

Power Thesaurus

Māori dictionaries

Māori Dictionary

Ngata Dictionary

English dictionaries

Dictionaries are a vital resource for all tauira (students). There are also specialised dictionaries that provide the meanings of words that are used in fields such as medicine, computing, law, art, science and the social sciences. Before going to these sites, be aware that some dictionaries will require American Spelling.


Yourdictionary is a free online English dictionary and much more. The free dictionary search gives you definitions, thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation, and etymology (the word’s origins) results for your word. Alternately, you can browse the dictionary alphabetically or by related terms to find meanings and synonyms. In addition, YourDictionary provides resources to help you find the best dictionary and translation sites other languages.

The Free Dictionary

Merriam Webster

Microsoft Office

For those who want assistance with Microsoft Office such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, a good place to start is by viewing the “Help” files available on the menu bar at the top of the screen when you are using the program itself.

For further help, you can always go to Microsoft Online Help or try the following links:

PowerPoint help

PowerPoint in the Classroom

Function X for PowerPoint

Word help

Function X for Word

Excel help

Function X for Excel

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